Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame (hey, Jon Snow) recently sat down at the Variety Studio at the Toronto Film Festival. He was joined by his The Death and Life of John F. Donovan costars, Emily Hampshire and Thandie Newton, as well as their director, Xavier Dolan.
The group began to talk about homosexual representation in major industries like sports and, of course, Hollywood. Harington specifically pointed toward the lack of gay representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality that they can’t somehow go hand in hand. That we can’t have someone in a Marvel movie who’s gay in real life and plays some super hero. I mean, when is that going to happen?
Dolan also chimed in, saying that social media has helped actors find a safe place to come out but that doesn’t mean they are accepted.
Kit Harington: “There’s a big problem with masculinity and homosexuality — that they can't somehow go hand in hand.” https://t.co/I6g3NfQCca
— Mic (@mic) September 11, 2018
This is not the first time MCU has been under scrutiny for their lack of diversity when it comes to sexual orientation. They have also been under fire for not featuring any LGBTQ characters in their superhero films. In June, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that an LGBTQ superhero was going to happen. Any further confirmation has yet to be made.
Later, in August, Ant-Man and the Wasp producer Stephen Broussard also addressed the lack of representation:
I know it can be frustrating if you’re part of a group that wants to see more representation and the answer is always ‘stay tuned’—I can imagine that that’s frustrating—but that is happening behind the scenes, you’re going to be seeing that more and more.
Some fans were quick to remind Harington that Tessa Thompson, an openly bisexual actress, played Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok. Yet a scene revealing her sexuality to viewers was ultimately cut from the movie.
Fans of MCU and GoT thanked Harington for using his privilege to speak out on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
Kit Harrington speaking candidly about the lack of out actors in Marvel films is a refreshing example of a straight actor using their platform to advocate for the LGBTQ community. https://t.co/sKZoyVJPvk
— Chris Mandle (@chris_mandle) September 11, 2018
I’ve felt it’s an industry wide issue but was told actors risk being type cast.
It’s the gay version of blackface imho. Look at Jim Parsons and Neil Patrick Harris. Would it hurt their careers?
— Jorge (@TheQuietJorge) September 11, 2018
It’s a good interview.
In short and with a lot more class he says “fuck u marvel and big superhero franchises for not hiring the gays bc you are furthering the idea that masculinity and straightness go hand in hand WHERE are my gays # gaysuperheros2k18
– kit Harrington 2018
— emmy (@907bis) September 12, 2018
god bless kit harrington for willing to endure the marvel fandom. i salute to the man braver than the marines
— Kyle Hardy (@TheKyleHardy) September 12, 2018
yall im ditching the marvel stan acc im a kit harrington stan acc now https://t.co/OK8KToqvnz
— tyler (@transparkerr) September 11, 2018
— ciera (@ckai19) September 12, 2018
Good for him
— C H B 13 (@CharlesHBeattie) September 11, 2018
That’s bloody true, why there is no representation ?
Gosh that would be so fun
— Mozef Kaddas (@MozefKaddas) September 11, 2018
Thank you @KitHarringtcnn ! Well-done and beautifully said! The world is changing and Hollywood should start catching up instead of remaining behind, it’s about time. #KitHarington https://t.co/ng02n7SA8x
— Massimo Dobrovic (@DobrovicMassimo) September 11, 2018
Exactly. Just because there is such a thing as us homosexuals doesn’t mean we’re automatically this or that ONLY. Just as there is a great diversity in the heterosexual world, both men & women, so does diversity exist in the LGBTQ world. Superheroes are no different!
— a_space_alien (@a_space_alien) September 12, 2018
Yasss queen pic.twitter.com/otOkW7AsoP
— Mama-Goose (@ManInDiseases) September 11, 2018
we stan The King of the North https://t.co/aVPbXSlzJT
— Tim Shibles (@TimothyShibles) September 12, 2018
Thank you, Kit Harington, for speaking out on behalf of a community that has repeatedly been overlooked.